Inclusive nursery is outstanding

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TOP Ofsted marks have gone to a nursery where disabled and special needs youngsters mix with able-bodied children.

Kids Pre-School Nursery in Fareham was rated outstanding in every single category and was praised by inspectors for its highly skilled staff, excellent use of resources and an exceptionally inclusive environment.

Kids is a disabled children’s charity but the nursery – which is unique in Hampshire for providing places to disabled two-year-olds – prides itself on its diverse intake.

Matthew Ingham, early years co-ordinator, said: ‘We believe we are outstanding but it’s nice to get that recognition from somebody else.

‘I’m so pleased with the report. It shows how effective and positive it is to mix all children to show them at an early age that everyone is special.

‘That’s the way to get a healthy society.’

The nursery, which provides an outreach service to young families in the community, currently has 34 children from the ages of two to five on its books.